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Healthy Vision, Roscrea, Co Tipperary

Owner/manager Shirley Sheil, and sales assistant Mary Dwyer review local organic bread and raw milk, matcha tea, student study support and help for hay fever sufferers.

1. HAY FEVER HELP

Shirley says: “Viridian Quercetin B5 Plus Complex is our go-to remedy for the hay fever season. This complex contains quercetin, nettle leaf and vitamin C, which are three of the best natural anti-histamines. We will be recommending it to customers to help them cope with the excess pollen in the air this summer and other allergens.”

2. LOCAL ORGANIC BREAD

Mary says: “Every Friday the Riot Rye Bakehouse provides us with a range of freshly baked organic sourdough breads. These delicious breads are sugar and dairy-free which is an added bonus.”

3. ENERGY ENHANCER

Shirley says: “Nature’s Plus Source of Life Gold is a wholefood based multivitamin, mineral and enzyme-rich supplement. It is formulated with a combination of more than 120 colourful fruits and vegetables, providing a guaranteed burst of energy as well as helping to maintain overall optimum levels of health. Perfect for an athlete keen to maintain optimum nutrition or someone who is suffering from flagging energy levels and immune health issues.”

4. RAW MILK

Shirley says: “We are delighted to stock Crawfords Farm local organic raw milk in store. This natural product is not homogenised or pasteurised, and we also stock organic raw cream and butter. I love the fact that it comes in glass bottles in keeping with the shop’s ethos of minimal impact on the environment.”

5. MATCHA TEA

Mary says: “Koyu Matcha Tea is a powdered green tea that provides a long steady energy boost. It increases focus and concentration, lifts mood and boosts your immune system. A cup of this matcha tea has definitely got me through those busy delivery days on the shop floor.”

6. STUDY HELP

Shirley says: “Rosemary is the primary ingredient in Atlantic Aromatics Study Blend. It helps you to stay alert as well as aiding memory. The blend also includes basil, roman camomile, lavender and grapefruit to relax the body and mind and ease anxiety associated with study and exam times.”

Milltown Organic Store, Castlemaine Road in Milltown, Co Kerry

Owner Mary O’Riordan and staff Siobhan McConville, Amanda McAllister, Merja Diggin and Lilian Leask review beeswax candles, salt lamps, a detox complex, apple cider vinegar, raw milk and organic seeds.

1. DETOX COMPLEX

Mary says: “New Horizon NewMe is a natural formula of 18 botanical ingredients which effectively yet gently cleanses the body. It focuses on detoxifying the five excretory organs – the skin, kidneys, lungs, intestines and liver. It helps to eliminate toxins in the body, even heavy metals.”

2. CIDER VINEGAR

Lilian says: “Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is a cure-all and there is a solid reason for this. Vinegar, although technically an acid, has an alkalising effect on the body and when taken internally helps to balance pH levels. This balance is necessary for good health as many diseases originate in an acidic environment.”

3. NATIVE BACTERIA

Merja says: “Bio-Kult multi-strain formula is one of the more effective and better value probiotics on the market. It contains 14 different strains and does not need to be kept in the fridge, which is important for people on the move. Probiotics strengthen the immune system and therefore have an enhancing effect on the whole body.”

4. BEESWAX CANDLES

Amanda says: “Beeswax candles from an Irish company called Rainbow candles are a gorgeous alternative to ordinary candles which are often made from paraffin. They are an entirely natural, chemical-free product with a honey-like scent and buying them supports the bees.”

5. SALT LAMPS

Mary says: “I highly recommend salt lamps to support the treatment of allergies, respiratory system and blood system diseases as they clear the air. The gentle heat produced by the salt lamp generates a large number of negative ions which counteract electromagnetic radiation created by TVs, mobile phones etc.”

6. ORGANIC SEEDS

Siobhan says: “Milltown Organic store is a great place to buy Tamer Organic Vegetable Seeds and potato seed. We have a huge range in store ready for spring planting, as well as Irish organic compost.”

7. RAW MILK

Mary says: “We are very happy to be able to offer our customers John Liston’s raw milk, which sells out very quickly. Milk in its unprocessed form such as this is a powerhouse of nutrition as pasteurisation destroys many vitamins and enzymes otherwise naturally present.”

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